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February 26, 1930 - November 22, 2021

In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place and no services are scheduled. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Rose Arbor Hospice Residence.

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Dear Brother, I miss you already. You are the best brother a sister could have. When I think of our trip to the Mackinac Bridge and to Mackinac Island, I can\'t help but smile. We had a great time. I know you have been reunited with Ellen and our parents, and that makes me happy. I love you and miss you, and I will see you later. Your loving sister Sandi and Phil

Posted by Sandra Kline on December 6, 2021

Ken was my favorite cousin. He would always have a smile and give the best, warmest hugs when he saw you. I remember his fabulous train set up even when I was very young and still the amazing one he had in his garage. Our Friday night domino games with my mom and dad (Andy and Betty Smith) were so much fun. It was so special when Ken won a game since it didn’t happen very often. He was a great sport and always gave us a laugh. Ken would always lend a helping hand whenever he was needed. He was the most loving, sweetest man I knew. May the peace and comfort that God can give be with you, Mae and all your kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Ken will be missed and never forgotten. God bless you all.

Posted by Connie Smith Albrecht on November 27, 2021

To my grandpa, I don’t even know where to begin I can’t even believe your gone we have so many great memories together. you are an amazing grandpa I couldn’t of asked for anyone else. I love you so very much as tears roll down my cheeks I know your not suffering anymore an you are with mom. I miss you so much already you will always be in my heart. Till I see you again.

Posted by Kendal Solmos on November 26, 2021

Ken it has been a joy knowing you. I sorry the last few years it was hard and we didn't see each other much I thought of you often even calling Mae once in awhile asking how the old guy was doing. For a long time I could look over late at night and see the light on in the computer room. We had a couple of good years watching the Grandkids bowl. Celebrate your home coming with the Lord with a new body an no more pain. Mae can step back and relax even though she will miss you greatly. I going to miss you but we shall meet again. Thanks for the memories.

Posted by Don & Jan Ritsema on November 26, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing, he was a dear friend of my parents and our family. I remember Saturday night cards at my parents, they always had popcorn and usually had some kind of pie for later in the evening. Ken was alway a happy man, smiling all the time and always had time for us kids. You were Blessed to have to the age of 91, my prayers with May and your family and our hearts are with you.

Posted by Janet (Carl) Tyler on November 26, 2021

Ken was family to the Carl kids. So many great 4th of July memories. He always had a kiss and a hug for me. Condolences to the family.

Posted by Julie Ehlich on November 26, 2021

He was the love of my life for more than 70 years. A great husband, father, & provider. We have never been apart & life now sure will be lonely but I am so happy he is no longer struggling to breath. He never complained or said "why me", He loved the Lord & has served many ways. Deacon, Elder, Janitor, & many more at Doster Reformed Church.

Posted by Mae Herder on November 26, 2021

Where to begin! I (Ruth) mostly remember Ken and Mae at coffee at Meijers At first there were several Aunt, Uncles, cousins at coffee. Then it began to dwindle down as our loved ones passed on to glory. We kept going and met other people who became friends too. Bob and Beth Mitchell, Pat and Kay Thomas. We enjoyed their fellowship with us. After Covid hit there was no more coffee. We missed our time together. Every time I would say goodbye to Ken, I got a hug and a kiss on the cheek. He was so caring and I loved those hugs and kisses. His train set was something else. John gave it to him and what a transformation took place in Ken's hands. He loved going into the garage and spent a lot of time adding to the set. It was something to behold. He had macular degeneration in his eyes and could only see out of one of them. He got shots in one eye and did not complain about it. He knew I have it too but not as bad yet. He was not a complainer at all. He loved his wife and children, grandkids, great-grandchildren. Ken was a gentle soul and spoke kindly of people. He and Mae were very comfortable in their home and it is a lovely place. I know Mae will greatly miss her dear husband so much. She took such care of him in their home and did everything for him when he needed help. Our dear Ken will be greatly missed but he is in Heaven with Jesus and can SEE and walk well and no oxygen anymore. We will see you again Ken where is no more crying, and walk the street of gold with Jesus. We love you Mae and will continue to pray for you.

Posted by Ruth and John Hoogenboom on November 26, 2021

My dad. I miss him. He was the best dad. Always there for us kids, and mom. Loved her everyday and deeply. He always saw the good and had a great sense of humor. Who else would answer "with my fingers" when asked how he feels, or "with a bowling ball" when asked how he bowled. I love you, Dad. I know you're at peace, in no pain, and up and moving! I'll see you again some day.

Posted by Tamara (Tami) Reynolds on November 24, 2021